A complete list of the German titles of all IDW pronouncements can be found on our website, following the link on the German language section to IDW Verlautbarungen. We regularly update the lists of all IDW Auditing Standards, IDW Accounting Principles, IDW Standards and all other pronouncements including the reference to our periodical "Die Wirtschaftsprüfung".
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The IDW Auditing Standards, IDW Accounting Principles and IDW Standards are of particular significance as they are prepared within the IDW’s technical committees and working groups and their adoption follows a set due process. The composition and working methods of these committees and working groups is such that they represent the German auditing profession.
The IDW follows a due process in respect of IDW Auditing Standards, IDW Accounting Principles and IDW Standards. These pronouncements are exposed in draft form for public comment to allow members of the profession and the general public the opportunity of contributing to the final deliberations prior to being issued in their final form by the relevant IDW technical committee.
§ [Article] 12 IDW Articles of Incorporation
(1) A permanent Hauptfachausschuss ["Auditing and Accounting Board"] must be established, whose responsibilities include consulting on professional issues; the issuance of statements and technical opinions of the IDW is reserved solely for the Hauptfachausschuss.
(2) The Board of Directors may employ additional committees and determine their responsibilities.